After investigating allegations of cheating, top seed Halo Infinite player Mathew “Royal2” Fiorante has been suspended from participating in the Halo Championship Series.
Sentinels members are accused of using geofiltering-a method of removing certain servers from consideration when matching (thanks, Kotaku). Although Infinite will automatically determine the best server for all players to use, deleting them through geofiltering may cause unusually high player pings and lobby connection issues.
After the Sentinel’s final game during the North American kickoff qualifiers held on December 1 and 2, the opponent player filed a complaint-the game was delayed by four hours due to connectivity issues. HCS officials dug into Royal2’s logs and found that only one of the seven US servers in the matching list was available. After copying a well-known geographic filtering method, they found that the data exactly matched Royal2’s data.
He was found to have been using this method from November 26 to December 3, and officials announced that he had modified the document and directly violated the HCS rules. Obviously, the sentinel had enough time to provide explanations, but did not provide enough content.
“Sentinel had several opportunities to provide reliable support for another interpretation,” the officials wrote Their verdict“The ISP data provided by Sentinels supporting another interpretation is inconsistent with the irregular timeline of data that occurred between November 26 and December 3. In addition, the increased delay in ISP data details does not explain the observed The data is irregular.”
In a statement posted to Twitter after the ruling, Royal2 admitted to shutting down certain servers and stated that he “forgot” to fix it before the qualifiers. “During the launch of Halo Infinite, I encountered extremely high pings on the central server,” he wrote. “I changed my settings to use the West Coast server, but failed to close it in the NA Kickoff qualifiers. Although this was corrected before last night’s Esports Arena tournament, I understand that my negligence caused problems for the qualifiers . I really didn’t realize the impact of this decision, for which I am deeply sorry and apologize to my fans, and wish my teammates good luck in Raleigh.”
Royal2 has been suspended until January 28, 2022. The officials also cancelled the sentries’ position in the tournament, eliminated points and pulled them from the top seed position. Sentinels also cannot play with any of the players used during the cheating, which means that they cannot participate in Raleigh events, although “others on the list are eligible for the Open.”